Stuart Gray Was Not a Stiff

It turns out that I was wrong. According to Dave Berri, Stuart Gray was actually a good player for the Hornets.

Gray – especially the year he played in Charlotte – was not a horrible player. Here are some of his career marks:

* Career Record: 0.022 WP48, 1.6 Wins Produced
* 1989-90 (with Charlotte): 0.111 WP48, 1.1 Wins Produced
* Year 4 to Year 6 (1987-88 to 1989-90): 0.085 WP48, 3.6 Wins Produced

An average player will post a WP48 [Wins Produced per 48 minutes] of 0.100. So Gray was only above average the one year he played for Bradbury’s Hornets. …

As Gray indicated, he was not a scorer. His strength was rebounding. As is often noted, the non-scoring aspects of the game are often undervalued. So it’s not surprising that many people thought Gray – the quintessential non-scorer – was not well regarded.

This demonstrates why you should never rely on your teenage memories. Mea Culpa, Stuart. Also, Hurricane Hugo was not your fault. 😉

3 Responses “Stuart Gray Was Not a Stiff”

  1. Victor says:

    “As is often noted, the non-scoring aspects of the game are often undervalued.”

    Works the same in baseball, eh?

  2. Rick says:


  3. Ken Houghton says:

    No.  Specifically not “intangibles.”

    Intangibles is a couple of Hornets going hot-rodding together and changing the direction of the franchise. (Not to mention having an owner who committed r&p on the city, followed by David Stern doing same after JC moved away.)

    Defence and rebounding and having a pass defence (that pigskin thing) and setting a screen and having a greater range ON the field than Derek Jeter are the types of things that go into putting a team that has a chance of winning together.

    All of Doug Flynn’s CYO Player of the Year Awards (not to mentin any clubhouse home runs) didn’t make the early-1980s Mets anything other than a Scalper’s Nightmare.

    Not intangibles any more than RFK’s old description of the nation and GDP.